Looking for the best food in Fort Collins? Fort Collins is a foodie paradise. From fresh fish to farm-to-table, there is something for everyone. FoCo is officially taking over the food scene with impressive local offerings that give the city a diverse and dynamic palate. Here are our top picks for the best restaurants in Fort Collins for foodies!
Brunch lovers, look no further. This Fort Collins restaurant staple, located in a quaint yet busy historic house, is worth the long weekend wait to get inside. Before you know it, you will be cozily tucking into some of their incredible spicy Cajun breakfasts. Don’t leave here without trying the buttermilk biscuit with homemade jam and of course, the beignets. Their elevated breakfast foods are the perfect way to celebrate the weekend.
2) The Rainbow
Open only for breakfast and lunch, this place is all over the food map with delicious creativity. Their eclectic style lives up to its name with gorgeous, vibrant dishes. The inside is delightfully homey, and the menu has tons of options for vegans and non-vegans. It’s a perfect Fort Collins restaurant for foodies of all types. They also grow a ton of their own herbs and practice mindful sustainability to reduce waste.
The lovingly nicknamed “Coops” is Fort Collins oldest brewpub, dating all the way back to 1989. If you’re here, it’s mostly enjoyed for their wide varieties of burgers. Their burgers will satisfy even the most discerning, carnivorous critic. If it’s spuds you seek, check out their thick wedge potato fries which are hands down the best in town. Nestled in the heart of Old Town, you can’t go wrong with the brews, the atmosphere, or the tasty eats.
If you want a fantastic seasonal farm-to-table experience, The Farmhouse is one of the best restaurants in Fort Collins for foodies. A once functioning 135-year-old building sets the scene for your meal with a beautiful backyard garden and even a chicken coop! You can taste the freshness in each bite of their crisp salads, decadent sweet potato fries, or the delicious chicken and blue corn waffle. Their exceptional, locally sourced items, along with a spacious patio with twinkle lights, make The Farmhouse the perfect place for a date night out!
5) Blue Agave
Located below the Fort Collins Museum of Art, this OId Town Fort Collins Mexican restaurant has a great selection of fresh Mexican fare. They serve up spicy enchiladas, a smorgasbord of margarita flavors, and some of the best service in town. Make sure you sample the Muy Macho Jalapeño Margarita if you like a spicy kick!
6) Silver Grill Cafe
The only complaint you will have after eating at the Silver Grill Cafe in Fort Collins is that you ate too much. This 83-year-old Old Town breakfast spot is practically world renowned for its giant, finger-licking good cinnamon rolls. If you love a perfect breakfast environment, you will love that the Silver Grill Cafe has the charm of an old diner.
7) La Luz Mexican Grill
La Luz Mexican Grill is recently celebrating 20 years of dedication to the perfect fish taco. Perfectly crisp and deliciously delicate, they know how to create fantastic flavors. This restaurant may be small, but don’t let that fool you. Many of the menu items are packing some real heat that compliments the fresh flavors. If you want to check out one of the best Mexican restaurants in Fort Collins, this place is for you!
Nick’s has been around for awhile now, and it’s no wonder. It’s amazing! A fully fledged Italian family restaurant, Nick’s has been serving up homestyle Italian and New York style pizza here in their restaurant in Fort Collins for years. Their food is incredibly fresh, reasonably priced, and their atmosphere is incredible. Check out their “Sunday Gravy,” a meaty marinara sauce made from beef short ribs, pork shoulder, and sausage simmered together that is featured in their delicious lasagna.
Take a chance and stroll off College Avenue and a little walk down Mountain Avenue to Mountain Café; you won’t be disappointed. Besides the wonderful biscuits and gravy, best bacon and breakfast burritos in town, they have excellent service to boot. They may be small, but their meals are mighty and invoke nostalgia for a simpler time. You’ll leave with your belly and heart full.
If you are a seafood lover, then this is a great place to go! Don’t let the distance from an ocean scare you; Jax has some of the freshest fish around. The crab is decadently delicious. Their Monday night happy hour is a great find to sit back, shuck away, and enjoy. Check our their small plates menu, plus a great local beer selection from around Fort Collins and beyond.
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